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Director of Veterinary Services

San Diego Zoo
San Diego, United States Posted: April 03, 2024

The Director of Veterinary Services of the San Diego Zoo is a leadership position with the responsibility of ensuring a positive work environment, and that the hospital runs efficiently while serving the needs of the organization. The Director of Veterinary Services works collaboratively with other San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance (SDZWA) departments to identify and address wildlife health issues, disease threats, zoonosis as well as supports SDZWA conservation work both in situ and ex situ. The Director of Veterinary Services contributes to the strategic and operational planning for the organization. This position has both supervisory and budgetary responsibilities. The Director of Veterinary Services reports to the Vice President of Wildlife Health.

  • Responsible for supervision of assigned staff including, but not limited to, scheduling, staffing, hiring, performance evaluation, training, coaching, engagement, succession planning, counseling and termination.
  • Lead departmental budgeting process, maintain five-year budgeting plan, and lead departmental efforts to meet budgetary expectations.
  • Provide veterinary expertise in support of SDZWA conservation initiatives
  • Conduct veterinary clinical management focusing on routine clinical procedures, medical case management, critical care case management, and regulatory functions in a variety of non-domestic and domestic species. Includes use of diagnostic imaging, including radiographs, ultrasound and computed tomography.
  • Lead the development and revision of policies, procedures, and standards, including preventive medicine programs, to optimize safety, efficiency, quality, and timeliness.
  • Lead SDZWA stakeholders to identify and address disease trends and emergent health and welfare concerns, prepare organization for external disease threats in a proactive manner.
  • Collaborate closely with SDZWA directors and additional SDZWA leaders to support organizational activities and needs.
  • Represent department and SDZWA in professional and community activities, conferences, and external communications.
  • The Director of Veterinary Services at the San Diego Zoo is an experienced zoo and wildlife veterinarian with excellent communication, interpersonal, problem-solving, decision-making and delegation skills. 
  • The Director has experience leading a zoological hospital with a large group of clinical and support staff. 
  • The Director has a demonstrated track record of contributing to conservation initiatives.
  • 7 years of Zoological medicine experience required. 
  • DVM or equivalent degree from an AVMA accredited institution required
  • ECFVG Certification
  • American College of Zoological Medicine - Diplomat Status 
  • Valid California Driver License within 30 Days
  • Valid California Veterinary License within 180 Days
  • USDA category II accreditation within 180 Days
  • DEA License within 1 Year
  • Knowledge of current standards of veterinary care. 
  • Familiarity with general husbandry and veterinary management of common zoological species. 
  • Knowledge of resources pertaining to zoological species. 
  • Working knowledge of regulations pertaining to veterinary medicine and zoological institutions. 
  • Strong working knowledge and independent ability to use diagnostic equipment, including ultrasound, endoscopy and computed tomography.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbal and written. 
  • Ability to build and develop effective teams. 
  • Ability to demonstrate strategic and organizational agility.
  • Ability to listen with compassion. 
  • Ability to prioritize vision and purpose. 
  • Ability to develop peer relationships and manage conflict.
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity and make quality decisions. 
  • Free admission to the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park
  • Family Passes
  • Complimentary Tickets
  • Local and In-House Discounts
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Wellness Program
  • Salary Range: $152,700 to $168,900

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